SKIPPERS battling for a park at Woodman Point’s boat-launching facilities could be a thing of the past with an additional 214 bays opening in December.
Extra bays will be opened up thanks to the informal overflow trailer parking area being sealed, surfaced and marked as part of a $720,000 project partly funded by the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme. The number of boat trailer bays at the popular spot will increase to 400, doubling its current capacity.
Transport Minister Bill Marmion said the majority of the work was done during spring, with completion due in time for one of the busiest times for recreational boat use in WA.
“This project will assist with safer manoeuvring of trailers and improved overall operation of the increasingly busy launching facility,” he said.
Cockburn Volunteer Sea Search and Rescue commander Brad Nicholas welcomed the additional bays for a facility featuring eight boat ramps, finger jetties and a floating pontoon.
“Woodman Point is an ideal location for launching vessels with easy access to Cockburn Sound, the islands and beyond,” he said.
“The relatively sheltered waters of Cockburn Sound provides options for all vessel types and hobbies, be it fishing, diving or other water sports.
“Demand for these facilities has increased and will continue to rise with the popularity of recreational boating.”About 500 vessels are launched at the site during its busiest days.